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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The East’, ‘The History Of Future Folk’, ‘Hannah Arendt’, ‘The Kings Of Summer’

By | Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Two Sundance titles will roll out the first weekend of June. Specialty newcomers this weekend run the gamut from star vehicles to niche special interest titles. Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page star in Fox Searchlight’s The East, which will open in several runs in a traditional platform launch. Variance Films is sending its genre-bending feature The History Of Future Folk exclusively in New York as will Zeitgeist Films for its Toronto biopic Hannah Arendt. And CBS Films will, appropriately, bow its Sundance pickup, The Kings Of Summer in New York and L.A.

The East
Director-writer: Zal Batmanglij
Co-writer: Brit Marling
Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez
Distributor: Fox Searchlight

The East had its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and closed out the SXSW Film Festival in March. Director Zal Batmanglij along with star (and co-writer) Brit Marling traveled to over a dozen cities for college and word-of-mouth screenings, hosting Q&As. “Given the fact that the film will be the only one in the marketplace with a strong female lead as protagonist, we feel that this smart and modern thriller is well positioned as a film unlike any others in release,” noted, SVP Domestic Distribution at Searchlight. “We will be targeting the core art house audience as well as a younger demographic including college students for The East. Our marketing will be comprised of Broadcast, Print, Radio and a targeted online effort, including social media.” Read More »

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CBS Films Moves Up ‘Kings Of Summer’ Release Date: Video

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 3:30pm PDT

CBS Films said today that it will be releasing The Kings Of Summer two weeks earlier than first announced. The film, previously known as Toy’s House, will now come out May 31 as opposed to June 14, 2013. CBS Films picked up domestic rights to the coming-of-age film in January after it premiered at the Sundance Film FestivalDirected by Jordan Vogt-Robert and written by Chris Galletta, the film follows three friends as they decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie star. Tyler Davidson, Peter Saraf and John Hodges produced. Here’s the just-released trailer:

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CBS Films Dates ‘Kings Of Summer’

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 11:59am PST

The comedy starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias as teenagers who head into the wilderness to build a house and live off the land will bow June 14. The Kings Of Summer, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts in his feature debut, was originally titled Toy’s House when CBS Films acquired domestic rights last month after its Sundance Film Festival debut. Chris Galletta wrote the script, and Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie co-star. Tyler Davidson, Peter Saraf and John Hodges are producers.

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Sundance: CBS Films Acquires Domestic Rights To ‘Toy’s House’

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 6:46pm PST
Mike Fleming

CBS Films announced today it has acquired domestic rights to the coming-of-age comedy TOY’S HOUSE. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts from a screenplay by Chris Galletta, the movie premiered to rave reviews on Saturday, January 19th at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

TOY’S HOUSE stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Erin Moriarty, Marc Evan Jackson, Thomas Middleditch and Tony Hale. TOY’S HOUSE follows three teenage boys (Robinson, Basso and Arias) as they head into the wilderness with a plan to build a house and live off the land. The film marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

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